Favorite place: Redbud Trail, in Austin.
When I first moved to Austin, in the late eighties, I would take these long, 120-mile training rides out west around Lake Travis, to Marble Falls and back. Coming into town on Redbud Trail, just past the intersection at Westlake Drive, I’d go up this little rise—the last hill of the day—and then I’d crest, and all of a sudden, this perfect view of downtown would emerge. Right in the middle, centered exactly, was the Capitol. That always told me, “You’re home now, welcome back.” The skyline has since changed—there was no Austonian, no W Hotel—and back then Austin wasn’t as crowded and the riding was safer. I don’t do 120-mile rides anymore, but I still ride into Austin from the west, still crest that hill, and still think, “I’m home now.”
Armstrong is a former professional cyclist. He lives in Austin.